We're planning changes on and around High Street (Cashel Street to St Asaph Street) to support people's use and enjoyment of this key diagonal route in our central city.
Project status: Analysis & reporting
Open for feedback: 14th May 2019 - 11th June 2019
High Street revitalisation and tram extension
View of the Tuam St and High St intersection showing the proposed tram extension
- Enhanced streetscape along this historic diagonal route to make it a more attractive place to visit and do business.
- Widened footpaths where possible to cater for increased foot traffic to the proposed multi-use arena, Ara Institute and new businesses.
- Safe cycle link between the major cycleway on St Asaph Street and Tuam Street, and the Heathcote Expressway on Ferry Road.
- Accessible for all travellers.
- Parking - P60 spaces, loading zones, mobility parks, motorcycle parks, and cycle parks – for shoppers and other users.
- Simplified intersection at Tuam/High streets means that the number of signal poles can be reduced from 19 to six.
- 10 km/h speed limit in all three blocks.
- Tram route extended along Lichfield Street, Poplar Street and back up High Street.
- Additional trees and a large rain garden to provide environmental and beautifying benefits.
- Level surface layout (no kerbs or gutters) in two blocks allowing for an informal street and future flexibility in the street layout.
Revitalising High Street
We’re planning to upgrade High Street, from Cashel Street to St Asaph Street. We’re also proposing to extend the route the tram operates on along Lichfield Street, down Poplar Street and back up High Street.
We want to know what you think of our proposed plans for the tram route extension and to revitalise the three High Street blocks. This diagonal route piercing the city’s grid pattern has been an important gateway to the city since our earliest settlers arrived in Ōtautahi Christchurch.
Before the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, High Street had a range of retail outlets from small eclectic shops and cafes to larger, well-established shops nearer Cathedral Square. It remains a key route for those attending Ara Institute and will become an important pedestrian route from City Mall to the multi-use arena off Madras Street.
Flanked by increasing numbers of new and restored buildings, the earthquake-battered road is set to get a makeover. New trees and landscaping, paved footpaths and redefined transport links are planned to add to its special character derived from its historic buildings and corner triangles. A slow speed zone is proposed to reinforce the street’s special character as a destination.
The transport chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan determined in 2014 that High Street would be a key pedestrian route and provide a link in the southern block between the major cycleways on Tuam Street and St Asaph Street. Generous footpaths allow space for people to move around safely and easily. They provide places where seating, trees and other features can all be included – where people can sit, talk, wait and enjoy the sunshine. For people with disabilities, wider footpaths allow for clear, unimpeded access.
View of the High Street and Manchester Street intersection
The upgrade covers three High Street blocks:
- Additional upright English oak trees, a red maple and minor street layout changes are proposed on High Street from Cashel to Manchester streets, and Cashel Street from High to Manchester streets. This northern block was upgraded prior to the earthquakes but was damaged by them. We’re also proposing two loading zones, a mobility park, seating and potential outdoor dining opportunities.
- A mid-block crossing point on High Street from Manchester Street to Tuam Street and additional landscaping will enhance the streetscape on this two-way section. There are also potential outdoor dining locations. The level surface layout (no kerbs or gutters) on both the mid and southern blocks allows future flexibility on how the street is utilised. It is proposed that the route the tram will operate on will be extended along Lichfield Street and Poplar Street then loop back up High Street. A heritage-style tram shelter is planned near the Poplar/Tuam intersection. The new, simplified intersection design at Tuam Street would allow the Council to reduce the number of traffic signals from 19 to six.
- The biggest changes are proposed on High Street between Tuam Street and St Asaph Street. Because of requests for car parking, loading facilities and the cycleway connections, we are recommending a one-way street, north to south. This provides a contraflow painted on-road cycle lane and allows cars to exit onto St Asaph Street as well as Madras Street. Additional trees, a large rain garden, wide footpaths allowing flexible use, and two crossing points are also proposed to enhance the streetscape.
The Council’s project team discussed a variety of street layout options with affected business and property owners. These included extending the tram route into High Street between Tuam Street and St Asaph Street, one-way traffic in each block of High Street and alternative parking arrangements in each block. These can be viewed below.
The project team also discussed concept plans with emergency services, the Blind Foundation and the Central City Transport Liaison Group before presenting its consultation plan. We are now inviting everyone to have their say on proposals for this unique character area.
Come talk to us about the High Street project
Thursday 23 May 2019, anytime between noon and 2pm
Epic, corner of Tuam Street and Manchester Street
Thursday 30 May 2019, anytime between noon and 2pm
Breakfree on Cashel, 165 Cashel Street
Tram extension - Click to enlarge
Project area - Click to enlarge
Overall consultation plan - Click to enlarge
Northern block - click to enlarge
Mid block - click to enlarge
Southern block - click to enlarge